Wurfen Nicht!

8 Sep

If our family had a coat of arms, the motto on it would have read “Wurfen Nicht!” – Don’t throw it away! Some day, it will come in handy.

The Godson is in the tenth grade, and over Labor Day weekend, his history teacher gave the class an assignment to write up a “newspaper” (although there obviously was no such thing at the time) about the Black Plague. Now, parts of our little village are not exactly the “high rent district” and not every child has access to both a computer and a printer in their own home. Being a holiday weekend, the library was only open on Saturday, so the other two days were pretty much wasted.

His mother mentioned to me that only one student in the class had managed to complete the assignment, and The Godson was all in a swivet. However, they had been given until Friday; schools were closed on Thursday for Rosh Hashanah, but the library was open. While I was talking to her on the phone, I wandered into our library/computer room and poked around on the shelves. “I have two books here. One is simply The Black Death, and the other is In the Wake of the Plague. Do you want to bring him over here?  He can use our computer and printer, and we have Publisher. (The teacher had reminded the students that “newspapers have columns”. Doing that sort of thing, plus adding a headline,  with Word is danged tricky.) She laughed so hard I though she was going to choke.

“You are the only person in the world who would have those two books right at your fingertips.”

That’s me. Lady Anne – faster than the Internet.

One Response to “Wurfen Nicht!”

  1. Peg Wilson September 9, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Okay just for fun, Iooked up your family crest motto in other languages. In French, it is “no jetez pas”. In Italian it is “non buttare via” (my kids like that one for some reason). But my personal favorite because of the irony is Spanish; “no tire!”

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